China and Silicon Valley: Future Tech Competition and Collaboration—Revisited

Sponsored by US-Asia Technology Management center, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures


Wednesday, November 28, 2018
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Skilling Auditorium, 494 Lomita Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

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Silicon Valley is the world’s leading tech and innovation ecosystem, with a dynamic interplay of innovative startups and global tech leaders in most tech sectors. The region also has large numbers of “Silicon Valley Innovation Outposts (SVIOs),” many of which have been set up in the last five years by large, foreign tech companies. In recent years, large Chinese tech companies have joined the SVIO community, and Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent are just a few of the new SVIO players looking for emerging technologies, acquisition targets, collaboration opportunities, and new insights into how to best manage companies in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment.

Our three panelists—each with extensive and deep insights into Asian/Chinese business and technology developments, as well as the socio-political and economic situation in China—will explore key developments and characteristics of the emerging competition and synergies between Silicon Valley and China.

Some of the questions that will likely be addressed include:

  • How has the nature and extent of Chinese tech companies operations changed in recent years in Silicon Valley?

  • What are some of the main strategic opportunities that are now becoming available to Silicon Valley companies—large and small—and what are some of the potential risks from forming increasingly close connections to Chinese companies?

  • Silicon Valley has long benefitted from strong government support—either as a supplier of high tech to the federal government, benefitting from R&D grants, or science and tech policies such as Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. Will the Chinese government’s role be similar or (significantly) different, and with what implications for both Chinese and US companies?

  • Over the last year or so, new trade and political tensions have arisen between China and the US. How will this likely play out and what will some of the main impacts likely be on high tech industries in both China and the US, and how will Chinese tech companies in Silicon Valley be impacted?

Our panelists will explore these and other issues and developments.


- Stephanie Xu, Founder and President of US-Asia Innovation Gateway

- Richard B. Dasher, Ph.D., Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center

- Claude Leglise, Executive Director of the Center for Innovation Leadership at SRI International

- Eilif Trondsen, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Business Insights (moderator)

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